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Daniel Webster Elementary School

School code number: 497
Grade level: K-5
Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

465 Missouri Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Phone: 415-695-5787
Fax: 415-826-6813
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Principal: Carrie Betti

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Discover This School

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Daniel Webster’s mission is to foster a multi-cultural environment by challenging existing inequities, to engage our community in every aspect of learning, and to promote the well-being of all.


Daniel Webster is a small, intimate school with both General Education and Spanish Dual-Immersion strands. We are a diverse cultural community that welcomes all families, diverse perspectives, new ideas, and creative solutions to strengthen the learning environment for our students. We work tirelessly to provide all our students with the resources they need to succeed.

We have strong partnerships in the Potrero Hill community. Daniel Webster has been both physically and symbolically at the heart of Potrero Hill since it was opened in 1936. We have a history of strong parent involvement and parent-led initiatives that support our school programs. We firmly believe that students achieve more when the larger community is involved in their education. We encourage all families to participate in various ways: in the classroom, at school events, in school governance, and at student performances.

"Learning Together" is our school motto. Our school values and expectations are BE SAFE, BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, and BE READY TO LEARN. Our teachers and support staff work together across grade levels to devote resources to meet individual students’ specific and unique needs. Our staff works above and beyond to support students with their academics and social emotional development. We practice distributive leadership and implement a shared leadership model by including each staff member in one of three leadership committees (Instructional Leadership Team, Culture and Climate Committee, and School Operations). We believe that all staff, students, and families bring knowledge and valuable experience to our school.

One of Daniel Webster’s key strengths is our balanced literacy approach, which fosters high-order critical thinking, authentic literacy experiences, and differentiated instruction. We use a comprehensive approach to literacy, including Teachers College Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, shared reading, interactive writing, and small group instruction. Teachers at Daniel Webster participate in regular professional development to align instructional practices and fine tune our teach moves to meet student’s unique needs. Teachers are supported by on site coaching, regular grade level team meetings, and professional development opportunities offered from SFUSD central office. Teachers at Daniel Webster participate in Lesson Study, which is a structured professional learning opportunity guided by Master Teachers on site.

As a school, we proactively embrace the intellectual rigor of the common core standards. Students are exposed to a variety of teaching strategies that include whole group, small group, and individualized instruction. Daniel Webster is committed to arts integration across curriculum and content areas, exposing all children to multiple forms of art. Students across grade levels, K-5 engage in visual arts, music, dance, and theatre. We are committed to the social-emotional development of all students and provide a comprehensive school-wide investment in Response-To-Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS). We have a school partnership with Seneca, who support and staffs our Wellness Center. As a school we implement Restorative Practices, PBIS, mindfulness.

School Tours

Located at 465 Missouri on Potrero Hill, this gem of a school offers a Spanish Dual Immersion Pathway as well as General Education Pathway (English). On the tour, you will meet parents, see classroom teachers in action and meet the principal, Carrie Betti.

You are welcome to join the Monday Morning Meeting at the Daniel Webster play yard circle at 8:40 AM to see how we begin our week as a school community.

We have an active PTA community that supports our special programs and helps to enhance our core curriculum with the addition of programs such as: Play Works for teaching fair play on the school grounds, outdoor education trips for the 4th and 5th grades, Smart Boards in upper grade classrooms, and great after school programs.

For more information and to sign-up for a tour, please contact the office at (415) 695-5787.


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Before-school programs

Before care: 8:10-8:40 am

Afterschool programs

EXCEL/After-School Enrichment Program provides a safe, healthy, nurturing and enrichment environment to for school-aged children from 2:40 to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Students participate in enrichment classes that include: Afro/Brazilian Dance, digital sound arts, Tree Frog treks, art, theatre arts, nutrition/gardening.

SFUSD Early Education Department Out of School Time 
Program: K-5th grade, 2:30PM-6:00PM, 8:00AM-6:00PM (Spring Break & Summer), (415) 920-5076.

Special Education Programs

  • Designated instructional services
  • Resource specialist program

Language Programs

  • Spanish Dual Immersion K-5
  • General Education English

Student Support Programs

Reading Partners: We are pleased to work with Reading Partners, a non profit organization that matches community volunteers with students who need additional support as readers. Students receive two-45-minute, one-on-one tutoring sessions each week with a trained volunteer.

Our Academic Right to Intervention Facilitators (ARTIF) provide small group reading and math intervention to students who are below grade level expectations.

Learning Support Professional/Social Worker: Daniel Webster benefits from the on-site support for students, staff and families by providing resources and support from outside organizations, direct classroom support, and case management of our social emotional learning systems of support.

Arts and Enrichment

Integrated Arts Curriculum: Our students receive a well-rounded arts experience in dance, art and music.

School Day Academic Enrichment

Integrated Arts Curriculum:

  • Fine Arts: Grades 1-5 receive fine arts instruction once a week.
  • Drama: Students receive a weekly drama class.
  • Dance: Grades K-5 receive at least 6-8 dance classes per year.
  • Instrumental Music: Grades 3-5 receive instrumental music once a week.
  • Music Theory: 4th and 5th grade students are taught music theory once a week.>

Leadership: We are proud to have a number of Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions, which build leadership skills and teach conflict resolution and team work.

  • Peacemakers Program: 4th and 5th graders receive training in conflict resolution and positive communication. They are empowered during lunch and recess to be peace mediators.
  • Playworks: Provides organized games and sports during recess for all grades to promote positive play, leadership, and self-esteem.
  • Wellness Center: Provides full-time counselors and support staff to work with students individually and with their peers in small groups to support the social emotional development of our students. Restorative Practices are used to maintain a calm and supportive school environment to prepare students for their learning.
  • Rewards and Honors: Students are honored each week at our Monday morning meeting with our “Owl Honors” program. Inside the classrooms teachers recognize students with “Owl Bucks” that can be used at our Owl Store to purchase prizes and fun experiences with staff on site.